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The Power of “Glee”


Who’s getting into the act of last year’s surprise ratings smash? Everyone.

by Steven Foster • TV Short previews by Nancy Ford

When Glee covers a song, iTunes downloads of said song skyrocket within hours. Journey’s dusty hit from the ’70s was just the first. (“Don’t Stop Believin’”? More like “Don’t Stop Buyin’.”) That record-shatterer made struggling music companies take so much notice, execs practically gave away rights to use megahits like “All the Single Ladies” while tunes were still topping the charts. (And we’re not talking cover here, we’re talking the actual booty-shaking Beyoncé version.) But record labels aren’t the only ones to realize the potential in being Gleeful.

Jane Lynch as Sue on GLEE.

Feeling the Lady Gaga heat, Madge will continue trying to stave off the inevitable with her very own Madonnarama episode (April 20), and J-Lo’s been circling the casting waters for weeks, presumably to regain her flygirl status after her less-than-fancy footwork at the AMAs. Still, it’s not all about celebrity rehab. Singer/dancer/actor and self-proclaimed Gleek Neil Patrick Harris had to cut short his post-Oscar partying because he had a 6 a.m. call on the Glee set for his much-hyped guest spot. (NPH had his lines for the next day in his suit pocket, for God’s sake.) Broadway diva Idina Menzel will join her original Wicked witch (and OutSmart cover girl) Kristin Chenoweth on the guest cast roster. Sue Sylvester (the sublime Jane Lynch) will get a track-suited run for her money from a new rival, played by former SNLer Molly Shannon. And in other Sue news, the tart-tongued terror will get to have an upcoming must-see duet with none other than Olivia Newton-John. The number? “Physical,” naturally.

Add to all that an All About Eve-like nemesis for Lea Michele’s Rachel and a jock gay love interest for Chris Colfer’s Kurt, and it’s no wonder everyone’s wee! for Glee.

Glee’s second season premieres Tuesday, April 13, on Fox (

Steven Foster interviewed Henry Rollins for the February issue of OutSmart magazine.


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Steven Foster is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.

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